Adding to the serenity of Galle is the Japanese Peace Pagoda, situated on the headland to Unawatuna. This massive white structure sits on the Rumasalla Hill, overlooking the Indian Ocean. It was built by Japanese Monks in 2004 and is one of the four Buddhist Stupas in Sri Lanka. The stupa is large enough to be spotted from the beaches of Unawatuna and Galle.
The best way to reach the pagoda is to walk all the way up, it is not a daunting but beautiful path. If not possible, one can also drive up the hill. The other way through steps would also have to be covered on foot.
View from above
The place is surely a soul-stirring one for those seeking inner peace but there is also something more here. The view from this stupa, overlooking the forest and the ocean is something you will never forget. Particularly if you are here at dusk, be prepared for a sight that is spellbinding.
Dress appropriately with your legs and shoulders covered. Either wear something full or bring a scarf or sarong to wrap around. It would be a pleasant experience to visit during the evening time and participate in the daily rituals.
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